GOP 2012 poll: Romney & Palin in top spots
May 26th, 2011
08:15 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP 2012 poll: Romney & Palin in top spots

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin sit atop a new poll in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The Gallup survey, released Thursday, was the first national poll conducted following the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump that they would not run for the White House and partially before and after Mitch Daniels' announcement that he also would not make a bid for his party's nomination.

According to the survey, 17 percent of Republicans and GOP leaning independents say they would support Romney and 15 percent say they would back Palin for their party's nomination.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP White House hopeful is an all-but-declared presidential candidate. He's been beefing up his campaign staff in recent months and formed a presidential exploratory committee in early April. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has made few public moves toward launching a campaign, but has never ruled out a run. In recent weeks she has hinted that a bid is a possibility.

The poll indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the White House, is at ten percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at nine percent, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain at eight percent, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at six percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at five percent. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania are tied at two percent, with just over one in five questioned saying they have no opinion.

The Gallup poll was conducted May 20 through May 24, after Trump and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, announced they would not run for the White House.

Daniels, the Indiana governor, announced he would not make a bid on May 22. Gallup says Daniels' name was removed for the last two days of questioning, and Daniels' supporters second choice was substituted for results from the first two days of polling.

The survey also looks at what the race would look like if Palin decided against a bid. Without her in the mix, Romney stands at 19 percent, followed by Gingrich and Paul at 12 percent and everyone else in single digits.

The Gallup poll questioned 971 Republicans and GOP leaning independents by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Romney's biggest problem is that Republican voters think Obama's plan (a national version of his Massachusetts health care plan) is socialist. Romney's argument that the Massachusetts plan is fine but Obama's plan is unconstitutional won't work with Republican voters. They don't want Obama's (and Romney's) "socialist medicine."

    Romney's other problem is that even Republican voters want to keep their Medicare, socialist medicine or not.

    May 26, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. jayindenver

    And President Obama continues to sleep soundly, secure in the knowledge he will be easily re-elected.

    The Republican Party is morally, idealogically and fiscally bankrupt. They have dug their own graves by letting the teabag lunatics take over the asylum. If they would actually embrace a moderate such as Romney they might have a chance, but since he is running as fast as possible from his most impressive accomplishment as governor (healthcare), and since he belongs to a "cult" (in their eyes), his candidacy is already McCain, Part II.

    May 26, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Alan

    This is such GREAT news for Democrats....please everyone out there voting in the Republican primary..... vote for Sara...PLEASE.

    May 26, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Dave

    SERIOUSLY? Is there an epidemic of brain damage in the GOP these days? I wouldn't trust either of these goons to change a tire.

    May 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Nothing new here

    If the Republicans are serious about getting a decent candidate, they better look to Ron Paul or Herman Cain.
    We don't need anymore loudmouthed celebrities.
    And I am NOT voting for Sarah Palin.

    May 26, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. pc

    how unfortunate for america that a small group of the most uneducated,poor folks in america have been so hood-winked with sarah palin. she has gall taking money from these people knowing she does not have the intelligence nor class to ever be president but still rakes in their hard earned money simply for sarah palin to live like a gueen.
    america has just gone thru 8 yrs of the darkest times with george bush an now we need to heal ,grow an repair the damage done to our country by these evil, hate mongering idiots that have done nothing for the average american except to scam off us for the rich. america we can do better than wasting our money to elect such a poor example of what america is about, which is certainly not the lacks of sarah palin. we can do better!

    May 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. gran

    Wow! 15% and 17%? Not exactly winning percentages. Polls, polls, and more polls. I'm already sick of hearing about the lame results.

    May 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Bob

    My Bob, little Ricky Santorum, still doesn't seem to get the message that no one would ever vote for him again.

    May 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Larry L

    I find it incredible that anybody would still consider Sarah Palin for a job in public service at any level! This under-educated, self-serving, money-grubbing twit is only good at throwing out sound bites to excite the Tea Party radicals. Everything she touches turns into a steaming pile of dung. This is the best candidate the right-wing can find? Seriously, visualize her representing the United States of America in a meeting of world leaders. It would be worse than the time "W" tried to rub the German Chancellor's neck at the G-8 Summit...

    May 26, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess the question is about these choices; do Republicans want a flip-floper like Romney who actually has a bit of understanding or a quiter and unthinking ideologue like Palin who hasn't fully figured out what really needs to be done? That is an awful choice.

    May 26, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Mr. Moderate

    So in actuality "No Opinion" is the lead candidate. Just goes to show how weak this field is.

    May 26, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. MiddleOfTheRoad

    The poll must have found many Democrats posing as Republicans.

    May 26, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Adalbert

    These two in the lead clearly demonstrates how desperate the GOP is.

    May 26, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. SCOTO

    Any way we can get whever writes this stuff to drop the anatomical twitching? It appears there is always "raised brows",
    "turned heads" etc. Bad enough we need to read about Palin the Dope every day. I dont even know whose body is manifesting all of these various physical responses. It aint mine.

    May 26, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Me 2

    How can anyone still support Palin after all the revelations about what a paranoid, self-serving, disgusting person she is.
    She needs to take some Exlax to get rid of that fire in her belly. She is full of it. The country cannot afford another idiot after Bush. I used to wonder why Bush's ratings never went lower than they did. Then it occured to me that there are really that many ignorent people in this country. They are now all Palin supporters.

    May 26, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. TEE

    If the best the teapublicans have to offer is 1/2 gov.palin, or flip-floppen & dishonest rommney, they are knee deep in a cattle pasture......

    May 26, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. deb

    Looks to be a 2nd Term for "Obama". There is a "Huge" advantage for Dems in 2012,not only because Gop is out to destroy America,these two Radicals will "Assure a big win for our President" Hail to the Chief!!!!!! Obama 2012!

    May 26, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. indydave

    Was there a "none of the above, fercryinoutloud" option on this survey? If not, all this conveys is bad news for Romney, that he's down among the backwash.

    May 26, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Madtown

    I don't know what to think about this. A big part of me is troubled by the reality that having $arah Palin discussed among a group of presendential hopefuls represents an unprecedented embarrassment for this country, and has to be a political low-point in this nation's history.

    But, another part of me looks forward to the unimaginably great comedy that we'd witness with $arah attempting to impersonate a legitimate candidate. That would be hilarious!!!

    May 26, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Madtown

    "Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin sit atop a new poll in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination..."

    Is it just me, or does everyone else's head spin with confusion seeing the name "$arah Palin" in the same sentence as the words "presidential" and "nomination"? Maybe the world is ending afterall...

    May 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. ambrose Smith

    I am happy that Palin is near the "top" of this poll. Maybe it will give her hope that maybe she has a chance and maybe she will run for the presidency. Then we can see her crash and burn. This poll is probably making her head swell. 15percent??? WOW! Run Sarah Run!

    May 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Texas Doc

    Wow a Moron and a Mormon. Mr. Majic Underpants and Mrs. Dumber than a Bag of Hammers. This is today's GOP. What is truly shocking is the GOP attitude towards running America: "Any idiot can do it (think GW Bush)". We don't need any more idiots thank you.

    May 26, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Doesn't look good for the GOP/Tea Party in 2012. Both candidates are badly flawed. Conservative wingnuts aren't fired up about Romney. Palin, darling of the Tea Party/wingnuts, suffers from high negative poll numbers among moderates and independents.

    May 26, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. GSMITH

    SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012. She can and will defeat Barack Obama. History is on her side. Bad Economy new President.

    May 26, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Steve Oehmen wrote:
    Looks to me like the top spot is pretty clearly "Neither of The Above". No?
    The Blue Ribbon goes to Steve – First Prize in Astute Observation

    May 26, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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